Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Its unique location at the highest point on the eastern rim of the crater ensures spectacular panoramic views right across to the setting sun on other side. You can be one of the first safaris into the crater in the morning as access couldn’t be easier via the nearby entry road.

From Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge you’ll be able to take exciting game drives down onto the Crater floor with its renowned wildlife from elephants to zebras, lions to hippos, and even rhinos. The resident game here doesn’t migrate so it’s an all year-round destination, and a real highlight of any northern Tanzania safari.

The lodge commands a stunning view facing west on the Ngorongoro Crater rim.  Taking advantage of the elevated setting, the magnificent far-reaching views can be enjoyed from the dining room, lounge bar, outdoor swimming pool and beautifully landscaped gardens, and even  some of the bedrooms have views from their private glazed verandas. The lodge is loosely themed round a traditional African house with a large conical roof.

If you are looking for a permanent lodge with a solid structure (rather than a tented room), and decent quality friendly accommodation, the Sopa Lodge is for you.  It is well-priced and will fit with most people’s budget as part of a northern safari, and it is perfect for families with younger children who would like interconnecting doors babysitting facilities and more.  Access to the Crater is also excellent.  There is also a swimming pool, if you are brave enough!

Times to Go

A year-round destination, wildlife roams the Crater floor throughout the year, but the viewing is a little easier in the dry season from June to October when the animals tend to gather around the remaining water sources and the undergrowth has receded.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge highlights

  • Overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Stunning sunsets
  • Easy access to the Crater for your safari
  • Rooms have private verandas with great views
  • Traditional themed nights with dancers

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge location

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge


  • 98 room lodge
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Wifi in public areas
  • TV and games room
  • Outdoor pool
  • Disabled access and rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Family and adjoining rooms


  • Game drives in Ngorongoro
  • Visit Empakai Crater

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge rooms

The lodge has 98 spacious, centrally-heated rooms cleverly housed in a two storey rondavel-shaped house with a conical roof.  There are four bedrooms in each rondavel.

The rooms are roomy and semi-circular in shape.  Each room has an entrance hallway with a cupboard, leading to a carpeted room with two queen size beds.

To the side of the beds is a large picture window in which two easy chairs and a small table are placed for you to enjoy the view. Most of the rooms have views to the Crater, though the vegetation has grown up around the lodge now (and the lodge is not allowed to chop it down) which has obscured the views from some rooms.

The bathrooms are large, with floor to ceiling tiles, large separate walk-in shower and of course wash basin and flush loo.

The rooms also provide hair dryer and mini bar.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director


Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant

Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.

Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant

Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and recently Namibia.

Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant

The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. It was pure fun. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.